My History Moments
My History Moments is a poignant short-form series, brought to you by the HISTORY® Channel Africa (DStv 186). Watch as notable South Africans share pivotal moments from their lives that have historical significance and profound personal meaning.
Empire Builders S2
Empire Builders is an epic series that brings to life some of the ‘Great Empires’. Each episode visits the most significant sites that have defined their achievements and legacy; 100 historic sites in all, discovering how they were built, for what purpose and what they reveal about each empire’s rise and fall.
Starts 31 March
He was the trojan-horsebuilding-genius in homer’s epic poem, ‘The Iliad’. He was the legendary lost King of the Ithacans who wandered the earth for two decades in ‘The Odyssey’. Scholars have long wondered whether homer’s King Odysseus is merely a fiction, or whether he was a man of flesh-and-blood.
Starts 13 February
Host Jamie Theakston attempts to uncover the truth about historical mysteries, ancient relics, hidden treasures, conspiracy theories and lost civilizations. Have these stories been omitted from the history books?
The Unbelievable with Dan Aykroyd
Starts 22 March
Starring Dan Aykroyd, The UnBelievable is the wildly entertaining and smart series that digs up the weirdest people, places, objects, and events in human history. Each hour-long episode will open up our cabinet of curiosities to reveal the strangest-but-true stories in human history, brought to life through dynamic recreation, compelling graphics, and arresting archival.
Forged In Fire
Starts 19 February
Forged in Fire is back! Some of the best bladed weapon-makers will again go head-to-head. This season they are forging everything from ninja blades to wilderness blades, to Sawback machetes. As part of these all new episodes, a four-episode SUPERSIZED event will see four smiths battle it out to take home $10,000.
Curse of Oak Island
The hit series The Curse of Oak Island returns for season 11, with the Lagina brothers’ boldest plans yet to solve the 228-year-old treasure mystery. Conti nued dig e ff orts t ake place within the infamous Money Pit, Lot 5 and beyond while stunning discoveries continue t o be unearthed on Oak Island.
Where to watch
The HISTORY® Channel Africa, a division of A+E Networks Africa, is a premiere channel for historical storytelling. The channel’s slate of original international programming features some of the biggest Hollywood stars. This includes the documentary series such as Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman, Greatest Heists with Pierce Brosnan, History’s Greatest Mysteries narrated by Laurence Fishburne and The UnXplained hosted by fan-favourite William Shatner.
The HISTORY® Channel Africa has also worked with local big names to share African stories that matter. Seasoned journalist John Robbie was the host of two local documentary shows Great African Mysteries and Great African Escapes. Other well-known South Africans that have worked with the channel include human rights lawyer George Bizos and football legend Lucas Radebe – who was the face of the History of Football pop-up channel on DStv. In the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World cup, the HISTORY Channel Africa launched a dedicated 24/7 14-day pop-up channel, History of Football. Then, in marking 100 years since the end of WWII, the channel also staged another dedicated pop-up channel on DStv, 100 Years of War.
The channel increasingly has a local voice through the inclusion of top-quality local content – in the form of both documentaries and short-form pieces. The HISTORY® Channel Africa documentary special Your People My People took four South Africans on a quest to trace their ancestry and was nominated for a South African Film and Television Award. Another local documentary, The History of Football in Africa, explored the origins of the beautiful game on the African continent. In 2023, the channel produced two documentaries aimed at recognising and recording South African stories of historical significance. Great African Mysteries with John Robbie explored three of the biggest mysteries in South Africa, while Great African Escapes with John Robbie investigated some of the most daring escapes in local history.
Also in 2023, the channel also produced My History Moments, a poignant short-form series, in which notable South Africans shared pivotal moments from their lives that have historical significance. Some of the well-known South Africans who shared their moments with the channel - from groundbreaking events to personal triumphs - included global business speaker Vusi Thembekwayo, economist Dawie Roodt, broadcasters, David O’ Sullivan and Malcom Gooding, singer and songwriter, Yvonne Chaka Chaka as well as artist and poet Professor Pitika Ntuli.
You can find the HISTORY® Channel Africa on DStv 186, on YouTube and on social media.